A tooth (should have erupted at about 12 years old) fully embedded & fused with mandible. Didn't cause any problems for years, but has flared up and is extremely painful. Per general dentist, it lays directly under a good tooth, has abscess/cyst at base and infection in mandible. States it needs to be removed per xrays and consult with oral surgeon who agreed but said it will be a major task since the nerves are tangled, jawbone may break etc. I have no insurance, employed part-time so removal is not an option. Dr(s)stated infection will get into blood stream and may be deadly. I would like to know approx. how fast or slow a mandible infection may spread. while I'm not afraid to die, I'd like to know how long it may take and if it's possible the infection may not spread at all. Thanks for any advice you can give.
I really can't give you any advice ie how long or if the infection will spread, but if finances are a concern why don't you seek out an oral surgery residency program where the fees maybe better for you. Find a teaching hospital or dental school.
these questions can really only be answered by an oral surgeon who has both you, your records and your films in front of him (or her). every case is different. getting more than one or even more than 2 opinions on this matter is probably a good idea.
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